Previously unseen for 33 years, the untitled painting will be auctioned for the first time in New York next month.
It featured a pattern identification directory for sterling silver and silver-plate flatware, and was highly popular with both flatware dealers and antique silver collectors. Included were illustrations and photographs of hundreds of patterns, along with a number of manufacturer’s marks.
It was produced by the company Walter Drake & Sons, a national mail order company started in 1947 by Walter Drake in Colorado Springs. He initially started the company with a pen-pal club in which members received letters from ‘Tommy the Turtle’, and it quickly grew into a company with a mail order catalogue featuring household goods, kitchenware, stationary and a wide range of products.
Although out of print, copies of the old book can be found online for less than $10.
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